Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Soaring over Schulenburg

The Painted Churches of Central Texas

Pre-conference Tour

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Schulenburg area
Speakers: Bob Brinkman, Texas Historical Commission, and Robert Marshall, R. Alden Marshall & Associates

Registration Information
$99 with conference registration
$149 for the tour only
Lunch and transportation included
Limited to 29 attendees

For centuries, Texas has been what cultural geographer Terry Jordan called a “confluence of cultures.” These influences can be found in place names, language, architecture, and material culture. Many predominantly Czech and German communities transplanted versions of their former hometowns to the new world, most notably in what are known today as the Painted Churches. In 1983, 15 Painted Churches statewide were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This rare art form is manifested in some of the state’s highest expressions of design, architecture, and worship through such methods as freehand work, stenciling, infill, graining, and marbling. Participants will experience a guided tour of four of the churches centered on Schulenburg, in the communities of Dubina, High Hill, Praha, and Ammannsville. Along the way, THC staff will speak on the importance of cultural landscapes, and at the churches, local experts will illustrate the history and artwork of these uplifting Texas treasures. Special guest Robert Marshall is an award-winning conservator who will share details of the restoration work he performed at two of the churches: Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina and Saint Mary Church in High Hill.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and



Bob Brinkman joined the staff of the Texas Historical Commission in 2001 and is coordinator of the Historical Markers Program. In this role, he has written about 600 historical marker inscriptions. He earned degrees in Cultural Geography from the University of Texas and Historic Architecture from Texas A&M University.


Robert Alden Marshall is the winner of several Preservation Dallas, Preservation Texas, and National Trust for Historic Preservation awards for restoration. As a conservator for the past 35 years, his works include restoration and recreation of the art of the Federal Tower Building in Fair Park, including the gilt eagle overlooking the State Fair of Texas; art and domes of several courthouses and Capitol complex buildings; Main Street facades; national and state monuments, such as those in Gonzales and Monument Hill State Park in LaGrange; the Eisenhower Birthplace Monument in Denison; and sculptures across the U.S. and even France, where his work was recognized by the mayor of Paris. R. Alden Marshall & Associates has offices and studios in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maine. Eight years ago, R. Alden Marshall & Associates restored the interiors of Saint Francis on the Brazos Church in Waco, as well as Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Dubina and Saint Mary Church in High Hill (aka “Queen of the Painted Churches”).